Entertaining my family on a beautiful, sunny day is one of my favorite things to do during spring. However, many events around town can take a toll on my bank account. Rides, food, and souvenirs…the kids want it all! One of my favorite events of the year provides all of these necessities to a family outing absolutely free. This weekend, the 29th annual Lacey Spring Fun Fair takes over Saint Martin University’s campus this weekend and is sure to entertain the entire family.

oly fed sponsor“What makes it such a great event is that it is free,” explains organizer, Ruth Weigelt. “You don’t have to spend any money and your whole family can have a great time. But if you do decide to spend some money, our vendors are what helps make this whole event free so be sure to check them out.”

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During the Lacey Spring Fun Fair, a wide variety of activities will be available for children of all ages to enjoy.

There are many highlights to the Lacey Spring Fun Fair weekend. First, be sure to check out the parade. This fan favorite takes place at noon with this year’s theme of “The Sights and Sounds of Spring.” Next, rev your engine and discover the car show. Beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, cars of the past and present will line the campus for spectators to enjoy. Last, your family won’t want to miss Sunday’s talent show. This “All Star” display includes a variety of creative talents including singing, dancing, and comedy.

Much of the event is held outside, but don’t forget to check out the inside of the buildings. Kids World takes place in the Marcus Pavilion. At Kids World you will find face painting, photo opportunities with mermaids, and the addition of the Jurassic Adventure Playground.

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Lacey Spring Fun Fair provides free entertainment to the entire community.

Each day of the Lacey Spring Fun Fair will included visits from special guests including Miky & Mimi Mouse, Rhubarb the Reindeer from The Rainiers, Emerald Kingdom Characters, Donald and Daisy Duck, and the Mariner Moose.

With so many free activities and entertainment, there are some important tips to help get you through the weekend. “First of all, take the shuttle,” says Lacey Parks & Recreation Supervisor, Jeanette Sieler. “It leaves from the Sears parking lot and allows you to avoid all the inconvenience of parking at the busy campus. Also, get there early and pack your patience. There are lines for many of these activities.”

Local businesses from all over the county will be on hand to sell locally made goods. “Lacey Spring Fun Fair is all about discovering what is local and available to us,” says Weigelt. “Families can find some incredible small businesses that will add tremendous value to their lives. It’s a great opportunity to being introduced to some community based companies. ” Some of these businesses include arts and crafts, food, and commercial goods.

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Kids have the opportunity to check out police cars and fire trucks at this year’s Lacey Spring Fun Fair.

“It is truly a community event,” describes Sieler. “The whole idea behind the Lacey Spring Fun Fair from the City of Lacey’s perspective is to bring entertainment to our community. You see what makes up our community – the schools, fire department, and businesses – which is what I love about this event. It’s a place to make a community connection.”

For a full rundown of events and times to plan your family’s weekend, be sure to check out the official Lacey Spring Fun Fair website.

Lacey Spring Fun Fair
Saint Martin’s University
Saturday, May 21 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 22 from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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